Lee 101 Westerner Rider Jacket
American denim brand Lee brought their classic Westerner jacket back for Spring Summer in their premium Lee 101 collection. The jacket is the Rider style, a slim fit jacket. The Lee Rider jacket was originally designed as a practical work jacket for cowboys and was the first short Western jacket. It has authentic zigzag stitching, a handy waistband with adjustable straps with cat’s eye closure and two slanting chest pockets so you can reach it while riding your horse.
Modern Interpretation Of It’s Original
This Lee 101 Westerner version is made from the brand’s modern interpretation of it’s original and unique Western Weave. It’s a durable 11oz satin twill, inspired by the polished cotton from the 1950s. The stone gray color gives the jacket a somewhat rough look and feel. It has a soft gray stitching and steel gray Wobbly Lee buttons, just like the original version which is part of the brand’s archive.
Within the SS19 collection Lee also developed a matching Western shirt and Rider jeans, so the modern cowboys you can wear an entire Lee 101 Westerner suit.
The History Of The Westerner Jacket
By the end of the late 1950s Lee introduced their Lee Westerner 100-J jacket. This jacket was a version of their popular Rider jacket which was released during the early 1930s. The Westerner jacket was developed so cowboys, and others of course, could wear it on more dress up occasions.
Elvis Presley appeared in the movie ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ in 1964 wearing the Lee Westerner jacket. In the movie Elvis plays a double character with blond and black hair. His Lee Westerner jacket label shows a label with size 42 regular. They sewn another additional MGM label inside the jacket with all the details as name, job, chest, sleeve and waist information. The full name Elvis Presley is written by hand, just as the other details. There’s also a MGM orange laundry tag attached to the inside of the jacket. The inside of the jacket is stamped in black M-G-M. This jacket was originally sold in the ‘Star Wardrobe’ portion of the MGM/David Weisz auction catalogue. The jacket is sold for $12.552 on Thursday the 6th of August in 2009.